There seems to be a trend in traditional media in which they report only the worst stories or points of view about a destination. Although I don’t agree with the way in which they report the news, I know their reports are biased and I ignore them (for the most part) when making my travel decisions. Unfortunately, this trend seems to be seeping into the blogging world, and that is even more troubling to me because as bloggers we have the ability to share our destinations in a very unfiltered way. We generally don’t have editors, or corporate bosses to answer to. The only people we have to answer to is ourselves, and our audience.
Unfortunately, this trend seems to be seeping into the blogging world, and that is even more troubling to me because as bloggers we have the ability to share our destinations in a very unfiltered way. We generally don’t have editors, or corporate bosses to answer to. The only people we have to answer to is ourselves, and our audience.
As a traveller and blogger I write about my travel lifestyle, and the destinations I visit. I’ll share things that are funny, quirky, and interesting. And from time to time if something goes wrong, then I’ll share that as well. But I will not follow the path of some bloggers and write about how I will never travel to x country because it’s horrible and the people are rude, and the food sucked. Never. Nor will I instil fear by writing about all the places you could get kidnapped and held for ransom, in an effort to garner more blog post comments and pageviews (which is completely unethical in my opinion).
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie
I’m not saying there is no danger involved when you travel, but I am saying that danger and fearmongering should not be making your travel decisions for you. If I said everyone should travel to Iran, what would your first reaction be? Excitement or fear? Traditional news allows us to believe that Iran is unsafe and a bad travel choice, but if you read
Traditional news allows us to believe that Iran is unsafe and a bad travel choice, but if you read this article by Uncornered Market you will see an entirely different view, and I’m betting many of you would consider travelling to Iran.
There is always more than one side to a story and more than one view of a country. In many cases, the ‘bad’ part of a country represents maybe 5% of the population (or less). Is that really enough to keep you from travelling somewhere? If one popular blogger says a country sucks, are you really going to listen to him and not go there? That seems like a silly course of action, don’t you think?
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” Albert Einstein
Travel is about perception. Something that does not appeal to me, will appeal to someone else, and vice versa. Some of us will travel to a country and fall in love with it, others may go an absolutely hate it. No matter what your experience is, you’ll leave having learned something about yourself and you’ll take those lessons with you as you travel from country to country.
When planning your travels it is important to look at all the angles. Seek out the positive experiences, and weigh them against the bad. Know yourself and what you can handle. Don’t let fearmongers (and sensationalised headlines and blog posts) make your travel decisions for you. Weigh all the options. Make informed decisions.